University of Haifa International School Student Blog
I have been into fitness (NOT SPORTS – I am terrible at them) since I was about thirteen. I took a predilection into fitness when I started my first kickboxing class. Immediately, I fell in love with kickboxing. I loved taking my emotions out on the bags, enjoyed working up an intense sweat, and liked the results that it gave me. Yes, I danced practically my entire life. Dancing was my passion – a part of my life, a part of me. However, kickboxing made me focus on the idea of “working out, being fit, and my own personal health.” At that age, I realized the importance of fitness for my body, mind, and soul.
Most people know that I am a fitness guru – I love to workout; whether it be biking, running, kickboxing, aerobics, etc. When I workout, I acquire a sense of mental clarity. It allows me to focus on myself, my progress, and my well-being. In recent years, I have tried to improve my health by eating in a more healthy way. My diet consists of an abundance of vegetables, grains, legumes, and healthy fats. I know I did not include meat or fish into that list, for I am a vegetarian [Vegetarians DO NOT eat fish for people who think differently]. When people ask me why I became a vegetarian I simply say that I wanted to try it. I did my research on vegetarianism, and I told myself – “Try it for a week. If you do not like it just eat meat and fish again.” Although, that was not the case. Vegetarianism made positive effects on my mind and body. Essentially, eating a copious amount of vegetables made me feel good.
When all said and done, I dedicate a large part of my life to staying fit and eating healthy. I will not lie: when I decided to study abroad, I was concerned with this part of my life. I wanted to stay in shape, workout, and make good choices in regards to food. As a result, I have made it my main priority to remain faithful to my lifestyle. Thus, I have compiled a list for my readers on how they too can remain dedicated to their healthy lifestyles.
I do not [repeat do not] wish to insult my country, for I love my country and always defend it. However, in the United States, society takes matters to the extreme. Our government does not go to extremes (which I am fortunate of), but Americans definitely do. Americans, including myself, either under-eat or over-eat, are gym rats or do not partake in any physical activities, super-size or decline any food which comes their way, binge or starve. Ultimately, these are extremes – which I admit to partaking in as well.
While in Israel, I noticed that not many people work out like I do. Many people do not make it their priority to hit the gym or go for a run. Although, I see most people walking. People walk everywhere – to the grocery store, the mall, school, etc. You see everyone eating whether it be a salad, a dessert, or a sandwich. Nobody stuff their faces, but people enjoy their meals whether they be with their families or friends.
Essentially, it seems as if Israelis do things in moderation.
I appreciate this balanced lifestyle which at times I lack. It makes me reflect on my own life and the negative effects of taking matters to the extreme.
As I said, remaining devout to my healthy lifestyle is very important to me, and while on campus I have found many ways to stick to my plan.
How to Stay Healthy and Fit While Being Abroad